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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, 10:26 a.m.

ALERT: New 'warrant scam' report in Clackamas County; if contacted, call actual police ASAP

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has received a new report of another variation on the "warrant scam" -- and wants to remind the public that our deputies do not call asking you for money because of "warrants for your arrest."

On Jan. 24, a citizen reported that she received a call at home from a "Lt. Mark Anderson" of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (The Sheriff's Office does not employ anyone named Mark Anderson.) The scam caller told the citizen there was a warrant for her arrest for missing jury duty. The scam caller then told her that she could pay a fine -- in cash -- and the charges would be dropped.

This is in no way Sheriff's Office policy. It is a variation on a scam that has been making the rounds for years. In past reports scam callers have also told the victim that they can pay the "fine" over the phone by purchasing a Green Dot MoneyPak at Wal-Mart.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE TARGETED:


Suspects involved in this type of scam often prey on our most vulnerable citizens and the elderly. This may be a good time to check with those in our lives who are vulnerable and remind them of the need to remain vigilant.

You can find more information on the FTC web site, which maintains a blog describing a wide variety of scams that are being used around the country.

The Sheriff's Office has written about variations on this scam in previous news releases:

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Contact Info:
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Sheriff Craig Roberts

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